“On the streaming side, the Denon amplifier supports everything from Bluetooth and AirPlay (AirPlay 2 is support coming shortly) to Spotify Connect, Tidal and Deezer, while its HEOS multi-room technology also sports Alexa voice control. You can stream audio in hi-res quality up to 24-bit/192kHz, as well as single and double speed DSD files.
Wondering why the X8500H is titled an “AVC” rather than the more usual “AVR”? The AVC-X8500 is called an AV amplifier rather than an AV receiver, for the simple reason that it doesn’t have an FM tuner built in (like the US model), so you can’t call it a ‘receiver’. It does have a tuner input in case you want radio reception, though.”
The LS100 does not support 3D playback, for those who want that feature, and the inclusion of Bluetooth would be nice to wirelessly stream the sound to a more robust speaker.
The 16:10 aspect ratio and lack of physical zoom and lens shifting can make the setup process a challenge. Trying to incorporate the LS100 into an existing, inflexible setup where you already have your screen and table picked out could be an exercise in frustration. Your best bet is to find the exact table height, projector placement, and screen size that you want (just casting the image on the wall) and then go get yourself an ALR screen to match.”
Power and processing comes from Marantz AV separates (with an additional Bose DSP engine in the signal chain to tweak the LCR crossovers), and a BT YouView PVR and Sony 4K spinner are among the sources. A Control4 system provides the de rigueur smart operation of hardware and lighting – the latter including floor-level illumination, an LED run around the ceiling soffit, and an eye-catching star-field.”
You can be confident that there will be an almost perfect reproduction of the image with the Reference Studio 4K with any source material that you throw at it. DVDs, Netflix, Blu-ray, and Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray will all get the same treatment from EluneVision. If you want to see your content as the filmmakers wanted you to see it, with a touch of modern décor from the thin bezel, or just plain fun with the LED backlighting, then EluneVision’s Reference Studio 4K has designed a very successful product for you to consider.”
Multichannel may be off the menu, but the Bar Studio can still create a sense of immersion from a source. A dream/vision sequence in Chapter 3 of The Dark Tower, where Idris Elba and Dennis Haysbert turn and twist in a mist-shrouded forest, teases the playful sound design of its Atmos/TrueHD origins. And when Matthew McConaughey suddenly commands ‘Stop breathing!’, all close-mic’d and menacing, the effect remains spooky. ”